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Maliba Mountain Lodge
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Johannesburg
1 review
“Breathtaking views, overwhelming hospitality”
Reviewed April 1, 2010

The website description of the lodge truly does not reveal the beauty of this area and the personalized service offered at the Lodge. The honeymoon suite is private and tastefully decorated and the balcony is a “wow”. The tranquility of the surroundings and friendliness of the staff (all local), are unrivalled. The food is superbly prepared and the presentation is only outdone by the taste. We had a memorable stay at Maliba - an experience we will never forget. We hope to visit again soon and may even venture a stay in Winter. The Summer surroundings were breathtaking and the Winter, I imagine, would be the same.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

We stayed at Maliba Mountain Lodge for 2 nights. The location in the mountains is absolutely spectacular and you could easily spend all day relaxing on the deck taking in the views. However there is also plenty to do including hiking and a local village tour. We did the latter and thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly a visit to the local school where we were greeted like rock stars and entertained by the children with songs. We handed over some pads and pens to the teachers which were greatly appreciated.

The food at the lodge is great and they were very accommodating for a vegetarian in our party. Two of us were celebrating birthdays while at Maliba and we really appreciated a visit from one of the waiters with a cake and song in recognition of this. The accommodation was lovely - very roomy, private and quiet with everything you could need.

The staff deserve special mention. They are just about all locals, many of whom were involved in the Lodge's construction who were then retrained to continue to work there. So they have a real commitment to the place and this shows in all they do. They are so welcoming and friendly and seem to always be available.

We had a fantastic stay at Maliba and would recommend it enthusiastically to anyone looking for a great break in the mountains. We only wished we had had more time to enjoy everything it had to offer.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Centurion
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

Words cannot describe the view of the Maluti Mountains (from your bath, your bed, the lounge, while having breakfast etc etc) and the tranquility it brings to all guests and staff. Rooms are extremely comfortable & romantic for that special occation. Staff are always at the background should you have special requests, never without a welcoming smile...until their final dance to say goodbuy! Andrew, the manager, was always prepared to go the extra mile to make an occation even more special, always friendly, enthusiastic about the Lodge & surroundings as well as very hands on with all the guests since arrival!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

This is an absolute gem of a place. The setting is amazing, in a bowl near a river and surrounded by 2500m green hills. The rooms are individual rondavels (chalets) with simply enormous - and very comfortable - beds, large bathrooms with proportionally large shower and separate bath (the latter with a view over said hills) and a verandah that leads down to your own little deck in the bushes. As the whole front of the room can open up, I confess I was bird spotting from the bed - to the amusement of my partner! As it is such a small hotel, service is very personal (thank you Andrew, Alice and everyone else) and the food is very well done. We did a wonderful and quite tough 13km circuit from the lodge which no guest had taken in the 2 months since the new manager joined but was still very well marked out. On our third morning we paid a visit to a local school - this is not something for which the hotel or the guide makes a charge, which I thought was sensitive/sensible in terms of not turning a village visit into a commercial operation from which someone ELSE profits, but we did choose to make a donation to the very nice headmistress as the school was sadly short of even the most basic facilities. We stayed in some amazing places in Lesotho but this was the best lodge by international standards.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Maseru
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

Maliba Lodge is the epiphany of luxury and style in peaceful, beautiful, natural, surrounds. There is no way to describe luxury – therefore I will not try (but check out the photo’s on the web)!
If you need a break from the rat race, this is the place to go! If you need some quality time with someone special – again – this is the place for you. (Who would have thought there are still places you can go, to get away from the constant interference of cell phones.)
Maliba’s staff is friendly – as only the Basotho’s can be! I loved how gardens were designed to show off the best flora in Lesotho and how all plants were labelled (for us -- the uninformed). I would like to see though - more walking trails into the beautiful surrounds with a little more detail about the route and distances. However, if you are not scared to take the bull by the horns – the current walking trail will do you just fine (as it did us)!!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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south africa
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Reviewed December 11, 2009

We had an awesome stay for our anniversary.The decor and rooms are fabulous, the manager very friendly and helpful and food super. We were lucky enough to watch them releasing a lot of Eland into the reserve and also had a light snowfall on the tops of mountains. Great place. We will be back!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Aschaffenburg, Germany
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Reviewed November 22, 2009

Maliba Mountain Lodge is one of the most beautiful hotels I ever stayed all over the world in my life. Even it is not a low budget hotel it is most reommendable.
Nice atmosphere, high quality food - it is unexpected luxury in the middle of nowwhere!

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maliba Mountain Lodge
Address: Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho
Location: Lesotho > Butha-Buthe District > Tsehlanyane National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tsehlanyane National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Maliba Mountain Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep in the North of Lesotho's breathtaking Maluti / Drakensburg Mountains, the 5 Star Maliba Mountain Lodge offers a luxurious tranquil retreat set in a pristine national park. Guests can relax in one of the 6 spacious Basotho-style suites, enjoy scenic mountain vistas from private balconies and enjoy the pampering service of the friendly staff. The main lodge features a Gourmet restaurant and bar with quiet discreet areas to relax in front of the fire places and discuss the day’s events. Guests have a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape from horseback, hiking along the various mountain trails, visiting the cultural village or enjoying a massage from your private deck. Join us for an unforgettable adventure and experience the “Kingdom in the sky”. ... more   less 
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Maliba Mountain Hotel Tsehlanyane National Park
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